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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Injury update: Hamilton, Kinsler

By Richard Durrett

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The good news for Josh Hamilton: His bruised left hand is fine. The bad news: He has swelling in his face from what is believed to be a root canal infection.

Hamilton will not play today in Mesa against the Cubs (it was a previously scheduled off day for him anyway) and will see a dentist. He said he plans on playing Wednesday, but that's going to be up to the dentist and what kind of treatment he needs. (I can tell you, one side of his mouth was pretty swollen).

He said he hand was tight, but OK. It was not wrapped up or anything.

Second baseman Ian Kinsler is still not taking part in baseball activities and it looks like it could be another week at least until that happens. Assistant general manager Thad Levine said he is confident that Kinsler will play in some spring training games and will be ready for the start of the regular season.

Warner Madrigal's MRI was clean. He had complained of forearm soreness and the club wanted to get things checked out. He will go back on a throwing program and ease into a routine again.

Other updates:

* RHP Eric Hurley will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) wrist. The club expects him to be out 7 to 10 days.

* C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (shoulder) was fine after Monday's game and reported no issues.

* OF Endy Chavez (knee) said he is doing plenty right now, but still isn't doing much latteral movement. But he's throwing, swinging and running in straight lines and feels like he's "a little ahead of schedule." The timetable probably remains at May or June for his return.